Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

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18/06/2013 at 09:48

That sounds fun Mike - always find organising a team can be such an endurance event in itself

Well - final kit packing preps going on here - making sure all my favourite bits are washed and ready to go. Just waiting for the last pair of socks to dry...

Shall we play our normal game - I'll start shall I? My guess on our finishing time is 16h 0m 0s

Penultimate run today will be 5 miles with mid 3 at half mara heart rate.  Not nervous anymore - feeling well rested and know there's nothing more I can do to affect my fitness.  Looking forward to some easy running in beautiful scenery and having a good giggle along the way.  Not thinking about anything that could go wrong - will come up with solutions as and when needed I'm sure.  I'll be carrying enough first aid kit to keep my feet held together that's guaranteed!



18/06/2013 at 10:25

Have a brilliant adventure you two! Looking forward to the report (photo's?).

No idea on times, but based on your estimate and Oscarr being a gentleman, I'm sure....

Sleepy - 15:48:32

Oscarr - 15:48:33

I'm sure it will be a lot of fun, interspersed with some pain, and a lifetime of memories.

Mike - that sounds like a great relay. I have been running the ridgeway link quite close to the Beacon Hill starting point. It's good to have firm ground to run on - unlike last year!

This morning I ran a nice hilly course with great views. I have to walk after a few miles when I hit a 17% incline and my heart rate still soars! Don't know if I'll ever be able to run up that SOB . I have a fairly hilly 10k booked in about five weeks, so it's good preparation. 

Edited: 18/06/2013 at 10:27
18/06/2013 at 10:31

Good luck SB & Oscarr

I have no idea on your times as I do not know the terrain - I'm sure you will be a fast as conditions allow and will give it your all. You have certainly put the hard training in! 

Ten - re firm ground. After a while, the constant uneven footstrike wears you down a bit with no give in the ground but you're right, on balance it is preferable to slipping & sliding everywhere.

18/06/2013 at 12:35

Ten - I'll have my phone with me (as it's on the mandatory kit list!!!) so I'll aim to get some pics! We can use oscarrs for emergencies

If you have a spare ¼ hour check this out - the hill that's shown is the start of day 2 - it should wake us up!!!!

Guesses so far

Ten - 15:48:32-33

Me - 16:00:00

Thanks Mike - gonna take a wild stab in the dark? That's pretty much what mine is?  Might not manage to leave the cake stop (oops I mean pit stop) until every last crumb has gone! Should add on an hour or two


18/06/2013 at 13:12


Have a fabulous time - can't wait to read the reports! xxx

18/06/2013 at 14:27

Kit packing on the "to do" list for this afternoon.

My guess 14:59:59 - that's for both of us of course !!

Not run since Saturday's 9 miler - i am not really that bothered this week cos it will have no impact whatsoever on my fitness and i need to conserve as much energy as possible.  May go for a 4 mile jog later today though just to keep my mind sane - mind you, most of my friends and family reckon sanity left me a long time ago !!

18/06/2013 at 14:53

Did you ever have any in the first place oscarr?

Guesses so far

oscarr - 14:59:59

Ten - 15:48:32-33

Me - 16:00:00

I'm feeling pretty positive today - got a good dose of endorphins from this morning's run!  Or was it from seeing the huge slabs of chocolate cake in the video clip above....

18/06/2013 at 17:44

Bring some chocolate candy bars back for me! They looked lush - no wonder that guy grabbed a couple 

18/06/2013 at 19:36
It should be less flooded this year - I have to do this, although they don't seem to have any actual food and I don't eat junk!?

Their rucksacks seemed very crammed with stuff - they do sort out your tents and bedding, right?

My guess is 14:53:11
18/06/2013 at 20:19

packing done, getting excited now, wind still behind us!!

19/06/2013 at 11:57

reiki - I'm most intrigued by the oranges! Never peeled an orange during a race before! You leave a 2nd rucksac (upto 65l) at the start and they transport it all to the midway camp.  In our case - Ben will be driving our stuff over to make life easier!

Guesses so far

reiki - 14:53:11

oscarr - 14:59:59

Ten - 15:48:32-33

Me - 16:00:00


20/06/2013 at 09:25

Start my journey north this morning - will not have internet access so next post will be my race report middle of next week - safe running everyone!

20/06/2013 at 09:33

Have a great time Oscar and Sleepy! xxx

20/06/2013 at 12:33

All the best to O and SB for the race hope all goes well. Been too busy to keep up here hope all are well. Running a couple of times a week at the moment. Have fun.

20/06/2013 at 14:19

Thanks folks! Nice to hear from you mcs

I have ants in my pants today - only one more sleep then it's playtime!  The enormity of our task seems to be taking hold today - I'm not nervous yet but don't seem to be thinking of much else!   Just gonna focus on getting to the first pitstop after 15 miles and then take the rest one at a time.

Think I'll spend the rest of my afternoon practising my best Paddington Bear / "oh really" stare for oscarr's anticipated moments of high energy when he gets the urge to just sneak an 8minute mile in!  Think I'm gonna have to be the one with the identichip so he can't leave me behind...





20/06/2013 at 14:26

You'll be amazing SB I know it - I feel really proud of you both (does that sound very very odd?)

20/06/2013 at 14:34

NOOOOO Em - it sounds lovely - the support of you guys has helped immensely along the way.  I have no doubt we'll have the same conversation over the weekend that we always have when we meet up about how amazing our forum-family are. 

The local farmer has just made my day - took the dogs out for their walk and he's mown (mowed) the paths that go straight through his fields.  The rape is nearly head high and I was quite happy walking round the edge which is unplanted.  What a lovely welcoming landowner though - bit surreal walking through with walls of yellow either side!  The dogs were loving it!

20/06/2013 at 15:04

I want to try and meet up sometime too! It was so lovely seeing you guys at fleet - and I missed seeing oscarr at watford as it was cancelled.

Go for it - have a great time and I can't wait to hear your triumphant stories! xxxxx

20/06/2013 at 16:31
20/06/2013 at 19:22

 SB and Oscar Good luck from Els and Peter - looking forward to hearing all about it. And I think you'll be far faster than you think!

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